Saturday, November 30, 2013

Six Word Saturday

Is it Saturday, feels like it should already be
Monday since we have been off for a few days
due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
Speaking of that....
Carved that turkey like a boss!
That is my 6 words for today.
I am still carving!  No waste of a good bird in our house.
Do you use your turkey for left overs other than
sandwiches layered with stuffing and cranberry?
(That's how my husband makes them. 
I just like the bread, turkey and mayonnaise and I'm good.)
I made Turkey Chili yesterday.
I am making Turkey Enchiladas today.
And then probably a Turkey Casserole of some sort tomorrow.
Here is a link to a post I wrote a couple years ago
that has a few more ideas and the links to the recipes.
For those of you in the US that celebrate Thanksgiving
I hope you had a blessed holiday with your family.
Although we had a couple empty chairs this year,
we still remembered those we love and lost.
We had a wonderful day filled with
lots of family, food and laughter.
Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

I am linking this post to Cate at Show My Face.
Want to join?
Post in 6 words what is happening in your life at the moment.
You can elborate or not, it is up to you.
Have fun!

Friday, November 22, 2013


That is a good adjective to describe life this past month and a half.

Can I wake up now and go back to the regularly scheduled program?

Wouldn't that be nice if we could rewind time and start over.  Would you want to?

In most cases in life, I would not. I am where I am at because of all life has thrown at me but in the case of probably the last six or so months (since grandma passed away in May), it would be nice for a do over. 

Who would have thought that a mere six months after grandma passed that we would be letting go of yet another family member. I know he is no longer in pain, suffering and I know he didn't want the life that he was going to be left with (chemo every 3 weeks, dialysis every other day, etc) but, for my own selfish reasons, I really wanted him to pull through.  I wanted him at the Thanksgiving table this Thursday with his thunderous voice, hooting and hollering over the football game.  I will miss the summer barbecues that we would have at the house, talking, reminiscing about the years past.  I thought he was going to pull through there for a while. We all did.  We were all rallying around him, praying for him.  But in the end, I guess it wasn't meant to be.  I miss him tremendously.

He got his wings and he is hopefully holding hands with his wife, grinning ear to ear, winking at his mother and arguing with his sister.  LOL. 

Today is his memorial.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Rest In Peace

Michael G Ary

Beloved husband, father, brother,uncle, cousin and friend to many (including several furry friends over the years).

After a short battle with cancer, he passed away peacefully on Monday November 11, 2013 in Portland, Oregon.

Born February 25th, 1948 in St Louis MO, the first of three children to Eugene and Leola Ary.

He grew up in Southern California. Graduating from high school in Huntington Beach, California and entering the U.S. Navy in 1967. He married his one and only love Noreen Ary. Noreen preceded him in death as did his sister Linda, father and mother. They had two boys Jason in 1973 and Thad in 1976. After the passing of Noreen, both boys became their dads most trusting confidantes and friends.

They moved to Portland and the surrounding areas in 1978 and never looked back. He loved exploring the many mountains, forests trails, waterfalls, beaches that Oregon had to offer. Many times he would pack up the family and head out yonder for a long drive to who knows where.

He worked for BPA in several capacities over the years retiring in 2005.

Michael had a big personality and even bigger heart. He was a gentle giant. Over the past several years he picked up new hobbies of bowling, swimming at the local community center and taking in several rescue dogs. He loved those dogs. Several have passed over the years and with each one he would write a euglogy for each and send it out to friends and family. He was a great writer. He loved putting words to paper. If you hadn't known who "Corky" was you would have thought it was his child based on the eulogy he wrote. He also loved music. He could listen to many types of music, jamming out, cocking his head back and forth. For many years, a typical Friday night consisted of him heading to the nearest Tower Records to peruse the newest releases. And then the Saturday mornings, he would put the lastest record or cd on for us all to listen to. "Man, this great!" you would hear him say as he played the air drums to the beat.

Big Poppa, we will miss your big smile and "stoic" attitude. Gone in spirit but never forgotten. We hope you are celebrating with other loved ones who have passed before.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your nearest animal shelter in memory of him.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Six Word Saturday

Can I just say, CANCER sucks!
Yup, that is it in a nut shell.
Been pretty quiet around here.
These past couple weeks have been pretty difficult.
We found out that not one but two people in our lives have this dreaded disease.
One, my uncle, who has been more like a father to me for years.
I lived with his wife and him for many years growing up. 
She passed in 2005.  May she rest in peace.
Grew up with their boys.  More like my brothers.
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He has Lymphoma.
Although, treatable it has invaded most of his lymph nodes
and has caused lots of complications with other organs.
We are taking things day by day.
He has been in ICU since October 15th
and not sure when he will be getting out.
He had his first full round of chemo
and will have another tail end of next week.
It has been rough.
But I have to keep things in perspective.
I can come home to my immediate family.
I am not stuck in ICU fighting for my life
or putting poison in my body to fight poison.
It is even more rough for him. 
I know he is struggling.
But he is a fighter.
"Have faith", he tells me the other day.
He obviously could sense I was feeling a bit hopeless.
He is the one that is sick but yet is comforting me.
That is who he is.
Now it is time to let us take care of and comfort you.
 I do have faith and will continue to have faith.
I believe he is going to kick cancers butt. 
They don't know what an ornery, stubborn man they are dealing with.
As I believe my dear friend who was diagnosed
with breast cancer a few weeks ago will kick it too.
She started chemo this past week.
What a dear sweet friend she is.
She loves God, her family & friends.
She has three children and a loving husband
who adore her and she them. 
I pray for them daily.
For their healing.
For strength to keep fighting.
For comfort for them and their loved ones.
To give the doctors who are caring for them the wisdom to treat them.
For them to not lose the faith when it is so easy to do.
Will you pray for them too?
I am linking this up to 6WS meme over at Cates.

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